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Six people slain in Baltimore since early Monday afternoon


City police are investigating a string of homicides in the past two days, the most recent of which occurred yesterday evening in Southwest Baltimore.

Police said Byron Reed, 16, of the 100 block of S. Morley St. was fatally shot about 6 p.m. in the 700 block of Yale Ave.

About 3:45 p.m. yesterday, 19-year-old Jermaine Wright of the 2300 block of Odell Ave. was shot to death during an argument near his home. Police arrested a 17-year-old male suspect in that case.

Six people have been killed in the city since 1 p.m. Monday, when police discovered the body of Charles Frank Brannon, 56, who apparently was stabbed in his bathtub in an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Winchester St.

Officer Sabrina V. Tapp-Harper, a police spokeswoman, said he was the resident maintenance worker.

Police said there were no signs of forced entry to the apartment, but they released no other information.

Monday evening, a 31-year-old man was fatally shot and a 24-year-old woman was wounded as they sat on the steps of a vacant rowhouse in the 600 block of Hoffman St.

Police said one man was running and shooting at another man who was riding a bicycle. The bullets hit Nicole Brown and Barry Smith of the 400 block of W. Franklin St., her companion. Officer Tapp-Harper described them as innocent bystanders.

Ms. Brown, wounded in the right leg, was in fair condition yesterday at University of Maryland Medical Center. Mr. Smith was shot in the side and died early yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Other homicides Monday included a 19-year-old man who was slain near the Clifton Park city-owned pool and a 22-year-old man, who was fatally shot outside a pay phone in the 900 block of Dundalk Ave.

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